Top critical review
This had sooo much potential!!
on August 9, 2000
Kissin is an incredible pianist, but.....
I do not reccomend this recording except as a means to compare performances, but that is it.
Kissin gives a 5 star performance, but, Karajan kills the piece with his plodding tempos. The third movement in particular is a bust. This is the moment of the piece where sheer, mad joy should scream out. Instead in gets snuffed out with a slow, heavy-handed treatment.
Kissin should really consider recording this work again, because he has the potential to give this work a stamp that only the elite few can do (Agerich, Horowitz.) Until that day comes steer clear of this recording.
For now stick to Agerich and Horowitz. Many people mention the Horowitz/Reiner performance, but look for the Horowitz/Barbirolli Carnegie Hall live recording (if you can find it.) It seems that Horowitz and Barbirolli really understood each other and this is evidenced in the Tchaikovsky and a performace of Rach 3, which is on the same disc.